How do I Add a New User on WordPress?

Adding new users on a WordPress site can be very helpful when you have multiple people that need access to the website.  It helps to keep things organized and determine who did what.  It is also useful if you have multiple authors blogging.

Adding a User

First, you must be an administrator to add another user.  Click on “Users” in the side bar and then click on “Add New”.  Fill in the requested info (only Username and Email are required) and make up a password for them.  You have the option to send the user’s new password to them by email.  Simply check the box.

user roles

A new user can user can be assigned one of four roles: Administrator, Editor, Author or Contributor.

Administrator – Admins have full access to the website. They have power over all posts/pages, comments, settings, themes, plugins, media and other users.

Editor – Editors can view, edit publish and delete and post, page, moderate comments, manage categories, tags, link and upload files and images.

Author – Authors can only edit, publish and delete their own posts, as well as upload files and images.

Contributor – Contributors can only edit their own posts but cannot publish them.  When a contributor creates a post, it will need to be submitted to an admin for review.  Once a contributor’s post is approved by an admin and published, it may no longer be edited by the contributor.

Be careful when choosing user roles for people.  If you add a user as an administrator, you are giving them full access to the site, which means they will have the ability to delete EVERYTHING!

By: Tony Fong

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